Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mexican Hypocrites

This furor over Arizona's pending new law keeps getting more amusing. Just yesterday, Amnesty International called the abuse of migrants in Mexico a major human rights crisis. They accused some officials of turning a blind eye or even participating in the kidnapping, rape and murder of migrants. These officials would undoubtedly be the same people screaming it's a civil rights abuse to be asked to produce documentation in the USA.

Rupert Knox, Amnesty's Mexico researcher, said in the report that the failure by authorities to tackle abuses against migrants has made their trip through Mexico one of the most dangerous in the world. More dangerous than being asked for identification by American law enforcement? Apparently not, because Mexico has Arizona's new law as top priority.

And what's this? Article 67 of Mexico's Population Law says, "Authorities, whether federal, state or municipal ... are required to demand that foreigners prove their legal presence in the country, before attending to any issues." Why is that only reasonable south of the border? Hypocrites!

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